Born in Istanbul in 1981. His drumming career started in 2002. Since then Mert played and recorded with several famous Turkish bands and artists. He’s been actively touring with the Turkish singer Mehmet Erdem from 2013 to present.
He also gives private lessons at his studio in Istanbul.
Some of the names Mert worked with: Cihan Sezer, Ercüment Vural, Sarper Semiz, Buzuki Orhan, Göksel, Hakan Aysev, Cem Özer, Ziynet Sali, Glikoz, Mavi
Mert Isılay exclusively uses Istanbul Agop Cymbals, Gretsch Drums, Promark Sticks, Evans DrumHeads and Zoom